Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Public Accounts Committee
Financial Statements of the Higher Education Authority 2013
General Report No. 85 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Accountability and Governance on the National College of Art and Design
I compliment Mr. O'Laoire on his tenure as chairman. I was impressed on my visit to the facility, and it was strongly suggested that at some stage members of the Committee of Public Accounts could see at first hand the level of enterprise and creativity in students. It was very reassuring and I was impressed from a viewpoint of how new businesses or start-up companies could come about.
I have a question for Mr. Boland regarding subsidiarity and mergers of colleges. The issue of subsidiarity comes from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the institutes of technology in Sligo and Letterkenny. They are quite different from what is in Waterford and Carlow but there is motivation on the ground for institutes of technology. It is up to each college to come forward so can Mr. Boland give any update on what is happening in that regard?